YASF Webinars

What Should I Know About Book Bans in the US and Illinois Right Now

Thursday, May 12, 2022. 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Kelly Jensen will discuss that while Illinois may not top the list of states experiencing book bans, the threats to intellectual freedom throughout the state should be of concern to all who work with books and their readers. Get to know who is behind the most current wave of censorship attempts, their targets and tactics, and what you can do to be prepared if they come for your collection. This presentation will address topics including soft/quiet censorship, definitions of common censorship-related phrases, groups who you can turn to for advocacy or help, and how to broach conversations about collection development policies with administration to ensure they're working on behalf of your community, patrons, and professional staff.

Girls Resist! What Young Readers Know and Want to Know About Activism

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
KaeLyn Rich will share her experiences with and expertise in engaging teens in leading activist work, drawing on her own career as an activist and community organizer. The program will have ample time for Q&A and discussion, following a brief presentation during which KaeLyn will talk about her popular YA book, Girls Resist: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution, and share some facilitated activities that engage youth of all ages in discussions about activism, power, and equality.

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